By Kelsey Mays on July 16, 2012
Jaguar will offer four- and six-cylinder engines beginning this fall, Automotive News reports. It marks the first time since 2008 that the automaker has offered a V-6, and the first time in more than 60 years that Jag offered a four-cylinder. The latter will be a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (Jaguar and Land Rover are owned by India's Tata Motors). Jaguar will offer it in the midlevel XF; some of its competitors such as the BMW 528i and Audi A6 2.0T have turbo four-cylinders. Both the XF and the flagship XJ, meanwhile, will add a supercharged V-6 with 340 hp or 380 hp. Both new engines will pair with eight-speed automatics, Automotive News says, but gas mileage won't be available until next month. The four-cylinder XF will need dramatic improvements. With its 5.0-liter V-8, today's XF tops out at an EPA-estimated 19 mpg combined. That's far below the 528i and A6 2.0T, which are respectively rated 27 and 28 mpg combined with two-wheel drive and automatic transmissions.
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